In the upcoming time travel film Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are the same person. Gordon-Levitt will have to wear a bit of makeup to play the part.
According to the LA Times, Gordon-Levitt will spend three hours in the makeup chair each day to get practical prosthetics to make him look more like Bruce Willis. The two actors play a character that is a hitman that targets people who have been sent back in time. When the man who comes from the future is himself, the story gets a little tricky.
Talking about using prosthetics, writer/director Rian Johnson said “That was really scary because you commit to that and there’s no real way out of it.” He moved onto the acting saying, “the biggest thing is Joe’s performance, he’s really doing Bruce in a big and daring way, but he strikes a balance between obviously imitating Bruce and also building this organic performance.”
He added, “If you just tell somebody the plot, you’re inevitably telling them the time travel stuff, but the movie actually uses that as a set-up. The best parallel I can draw is to the first Terminator movie where time travel is used to set up this impossible situation between these people and then that situation plays itself out.”
Johnson ended his interview by noting that “Time travel just never makes sense.”